From the archives

l5 YEARS AGO

nHomes at the Dudley estate, Illingworth, Halifax, are to be bulldozed and rebuilt in a £15 million improvement plan. More than 40 houses and flats will be pulled down and 82 new properties built, some for rent and some for sale. Eventually there will be 183 properties on the estate compared with 177 now.

nThree Halifax schools could be in trouble unless they improve. Park Lane High, at Exley, Halifax High, at Wellesley Park and St Catherine’s Roman Catholic High, Holmfield, have failed to meet increased exam targets and unless they improve could be taken over by successful schools, turned into academics or closed down.

l25 YEARS AGO

nAn amateur football match was abandoned as players and spectators fought a pitched battle. More than 20 people were involved in the brawl during the Brighouse Sunday League game between Rastrick Cricket Club’s soccer team and the Holywell Inn, Holywell Green. Players started the fighting and spectators who tried to separate them then became involved.

nYorkshire pudding king Stuart Hepworth has developed the world’s first first fast-food Yorkshire pudding. The frozen pudding, filled with onion gravy, roast beef and even curry, is cooked and served in a ceramic flat cap. Mr Hepworth, of Brighouse, plans to export the pudding round the world.

l50 YEARS AGO

nMore than 200 people attended Halifax’s civic dinner and ball at the Alexandra Hall. Tables were arranged round the Alexandra Hall and the adjoining King Edward Room and the mayoral guests were seated at tables in the balcony.

nEx-circus performer Lionel (Patsy) Danziggarveyyvonne, of Clough Head, Barkisland, is celebrating his 100th birthday. He was born in Rumania, where his father owned a circus and Mr Danziggarveyyvonne toured the world as a tightrope walker and animal trainer. He was last on a tightrope at the age of 85.